- the integral part of a common logarithm.Compare mantissa.
- the exponent of 10 in a number expressed in scientific notation.
- the smallest positive integer n such that each element of a given ring added to itself n times results in 0.
Origin of characteristic
Examples from the Web for characteristic
Most have been straightforward cases where the child came in with the characteristic rash.Predator Doctors Take Advantage of Patients With ‘Chronic Lyme’ Scam|Russell Saunders|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Any person or group can be prejudiced against another group, for any reason and based on any characteristic.
It's remarkable, too, that during his delivery, Lou showed no significant signs of slurred speech, often so characteristic of ALS.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address|Ray Robinson|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the men, not less, perhaps even more, characteristic of New England, were the Puritans of our day.The Real Memorial Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes's Salute To A Momentous American Anniversary|Malcolm Jones|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And, of course, Kinney shares her love of singing with Beth—a characteristic she tries to manifest visually, too.The Walking Dead’s Killer Diva Emily Kinney on Daryl and ‘Expired Love’|Melissa Leon|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Holmes's comet of 1892 displayed only a faint prismatic band devoid of any characteristic feature.A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century|Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Finally, we might seek for the characteristic anecdotes of Csar in his unexampled liberalities and contempt of money.The Caesars|Thomas de Quincey
Mrs Desmond flung out her hands with a pretty, characteristic gesture.Captain Desmond, V.C.|Maud Diver
The present prominence of this characteristic in Japan is still further to be accounted for by her actual recent history.Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic|Sidney L. Gulick
"I know I shall never have courage to tell her to go," was the candid and characteristic answer.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for characteristic
- the integral part of a common logarithm, indicating the order of magnitude of the associated numberthe characteristic of 2.4771 is 2 Compare mantissa
- another name for exponent, used esp in number representation in computing
Word Origin and History for characteristic
adjective and noun both first attested 1660s, from character + -istic on model of Greek kharakteristikos. Earlier in the adjectival sense was characteristical (1620s). Related: Characteristically (1640s). Characteristics "distinctive traits" also attested from 1660s.